Two-Bite Sweets

Easy to consume in just one or two bites, these truffles, cookies, chocolates, and other sweets make elegant treats for entertaining.

Candied Orange Peels

Bitter citrus rinds are transformed into a candy-sweet, chocolate-dipped confection.Christopher Hirsheimer
Baklava

Baklava

Phyllo pastry layered with ground nuts luxuriating in sweet syrup is a centuries-old dessert that now exists in many variations throughout the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean.Todd Coleman
Sugar Plums
Sugar Plums
"...while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads." The famous sugar plums spoken about in Clement Clark Moore's beloved poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" were actually sugar-coated coriander. Later the recipe changed and included other spices and dried fruit. This recipe is based on the confection we know today. Sugar plums tend to absorb the powdered sugar, so redust just before eating, if you like. See this Recipe
David Sawyer

Pecan Toffee

Pure sugar syrup heated to the hard-crack stage becomes a hard, translucent candy. In this recipe, the addition of butter produces an opaque candy with a silkier but still crunchy texture.Penny De Los Santos
Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties

This chocolate-coated, fondant-centered candy is best enjoyed with a mug of hot cocoa.Penny De Los Santos

Coconut Candy Bars

For these chewy, sweet bars, paraffin wax--a now mostly forgotten candy-making ingredient--is mixed with chocolate so that it will set properly when cooled and take on a shiny appearance.Penny De Los Santos

White Chocolate Crispies

This quick and easy recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to satisfy a crowd. See the recipe for White Chocolate Crispies »Penny De Los Santos

Stained-Glass Window Candies

This recipe is a version of one that Sue Raye, SAVEUR Kitchen Director Liz Pearson's mother, clipped from a neighborhood newsletter in the 1980s.Penny De Los Santos

Chocolate Coconut Balls

These "Irish potatoes" are not what they would seem. This great recipe from Philadelphia's Moonstruck Restaurant showcases the bite-size coconut cream balls rolled in cinnamon, sugar, and cocoa.Erik Rank

Bourbon Balls

These chocolatey confections are what author Shane Mitchell calls "Southern truffles--boozy and bad to the bone."Ben Fink
Butter Balls

Butter Balls

Dredging these melt-in-your-mouth cookies twice--first while still warm and again after they've cooled--insures a generous covering of powdery sugar.David Graham

Chocolate Truffles

Adding rolled oats that have first been ground in the food processor helps hold these chocolate balls together while giving them an earthy note.Todd Coleman
Peppermint Caramels

Peppermint Caramels

Chewy caramel topped with crushed peppermint candies is one of many versions of kola, a kind of semisoft toffee adored all over Sweden.Todd Coleman
Almond-Cream Tartlets

Almond-Cream Tartlets

Frozen raspberries or lingonberries top whipped cream and an almond pastry crust for these delicate, bite-sized tartlets.Todd Coleman
Almond Caramels

Almond Caramels

Mini caramels flavored with almond, orange zest, and syrup make simple, delicious treats (and wonderful gifts).Todd Coleman

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Fluffy and sweet, vanilla bean marshmallows are a delicious (and necessary) addition to hot chocolate. See the recipe for Vanilla Bean Marshmallows »Dishing Up Delights
White Chocolate-Mint Truffles

White Chocolate-Mint Truffles

When making these truffles, use supermarket-quality white chocolate, which has more stabilizers than expensive brands and sets up better.Todd Coleman
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials

Invertase, a liquid enzyme that's found in small bottles at most candy-making supply stores, is used to liquefy the cordials' luscious, chocolate fondant filling.Todd Coleman
Vanilla Cream Fudge

Vanilla Cream Fudge

Real vanilla bean adds intense flavor to chewy fudge squares.Todd Coleman

Hazelnut and Apricot Rochers

Hazelnut liqueur adds an extra-sweet, nutty flavor to chopped hazelnuts, dried apricots, and semi-sweet chocolate.Todd Coleman
Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles

Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles

Cardamom adds delicate spice to rich chocolate truffles.Todd Coleman

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Nougat Squares

These decadent candies taste best with a pinch of sea salt sprinkled on top.Todd Coleman
Cardamom-Ginger Crunch

Cardamom-Ginger Crunch

These shortbreads get their spicy kick from ground cardamom and ginger.Todd Coleman
See the RecipeMichael Kraus

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)

Akin to Mexican wedding cookies and Greek kourabiedes, these Austrian vanilla crescents made with ground walnuts and showered in confectioners' sugar are served throughout central Europe during the weeks leading up to Christmas. See the recipe for Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) »Todd Coleman

Shortbread Cookies (Punitions)

Shortbread Cookies (Punitions)
Traditional French shortbread cookies taste best using a good salted butter with a high butterfat content, such as Kerrygold.Todd Coleman
Salted Caramels

Salted Caramels

Michael Laiskonis, executive pastry chef at New York City's Le Bernardin, gave us the recipe for these caramel candies.Todd Coleman

Lavender Tuiles

Perfumed with floral lavender, these fragile, crispy thin wafers are a delicate cookie to serve on their own or as a crisp contrast to creamy desserts like crème brulée, pudding, or pie. See the recipe for Lavender Tuiles »
Orange Meringue Kisses

Orange Meringue Kisses

Modeled after the classic Creamsicle, these orange meringue kisses sandwiched with buttery white chocolate are a lively and bright addition to the holiday cookie spread.Maxime Iattoni

Baci Di Dama (Hazelnut Meringue Sandwich Cookies)

Little hazelnut meringues sandwiched with milk chocolate make light and elegant desserts.Todd Coleman
Coconut Milk Caramels

Coconut Milk Caramels

Chewy, pleasantly salty caramels are flavored simply with coconut milk and sugar.Anna Stockwell
Brigadeiros
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Lamingtons
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Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)

Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)

Sticky-sweet almond pastries drenched in a syrup of honey and orange flower water are typical of the rustic desserts of Tunisia.Landon Nordeman
Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies (Schokiladen-Butter-plätzchen)

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies (Schokiladen-Butter-plätzchen)

The recipe for these Christmas cookies comes from the bakery Rischart in Munich. Their base is simple, leaving plenty of room for creative decorations.Todd Coleman
See the RecipeTodd Coleman
See the RecipeTodd Coleman
Pine Nut Brittle

Pine Nut Brittle

Crunchy, salty, and rosemary-scented, pine nut brittle makes a great gift.Noah Fecks

Alice Medrich's House Truffles

These classically simple chocolate truffles are enriched with egg yolks—Medrich's special touch.Todd Coleman
Dark Chocolate Matzo Brittle

Dark Chocolate Matzo Brittle

You can tailor this crisp kosher dessert by using white, milk or dark chocolate, sliced almonds or dried cranberries, or even omitting the chocolate all together. Get the recipe for Dark Chocolate Matzo Brittle »Helen Rosner
Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

A combination of balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and brown sugar turns pecans into a toasty, addictive snack that's perfect for nibbling alongside apéritifs.Penny De Los Santos
Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

Crumbly powdered sugar coated cookies made with chopped pecans are often served at Southern weddings. This recipe, from Georgia home cook Tweet Moore, first appeared in our November 2013 issue with Wendell Brock's story Southern Belle.Landon Nordeman

Sweet Pretzel Butter Cookies

Sweet Pretzel Butter Cookies
An egg wash before baking is the secret to the gorgeous golden color of these pretzel-shaped butter cookies. Get the recipe for Sweet Pretzel Butter Cookies »Helen Rosner
Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee

Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee

A flavorful combination of cardamom, dried mulberries, tart cherries, almonds, pistachios, and coffee beans tops dark chocolate in a crunchy, gorgeously layered bark adapted from Louisa Shafia's The New Persian Kitchen. If you don't have dried mulberries on hand, finely chopped figs are a fine substitute. See the recipe for Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee »Helen Rosner

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookies

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookies
Replacing standard all-purpose flour with whole grain rye makes a dense, fudgy cookie with an intense and complex chocolate flavor. Get the recipe for Salted Chocolate Rye Cookies »Helen Rosner
Sweet Benne Wafers

Sweet Benne Wafers

Adapted from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen cookbook, these tuile-like cookies are crunchy, light, and airy with a delicate nuttiness from toasted sesame seeds.Helen Rosner
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Mashed Potato Fudge

The unexpected addition of mashed potatoes adds an exceptional creaminess to dark chocolate fudge in this recipe adapted from Patty Pinner's cookbook Sweets.Helen Rosner
Chocolate Amaretti Truffles

Chocolate Amaretti Truffles

Amaretto, coffee, and crushed almond cookies flavor rich dark chocolate truffles in an adaptation of Julia Child's recipe from her classic cookbook, The Way to Cook.Helen Rosner
Chile-Lime Macaroons

Chile-Lime Macaroons

These lightly spicy coconut cookies are somewhere between a classic American macaroon and a Mexican street snack.Helen Rosner
Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Florentines

Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Florentines

A glossy coating of chocolate makes these famously buttery, crunchy wafer cookies.Helen Rosner